Lufthansa has taken delivery of their 3rd Airbus A350, D-AIXC, in Toulouse, France today. The aircraft is scheduled to be flown to Munich tomorrow where after a short period of fine tuning, will join ‘XA’ and ‘XB’ in daily service.
The delivery of the latest A350 makes it possible for Lufthansa to begin using the A350 on its Munich – Mumbai beginning on April 15. Ultimately 25 A350s will join the fleet and will be stationed between Frankfurt and Munich, as aircraft such as the A340 are phased out.
@LufthansaNews shared a few images from the official registration decals being applied to ‘XC’ earlier today:
Lufthansa A350 Gallery
The A350s new Economy cabin
The Lady in ‘Blau’
As luck (or bad luck) would have it, passengers scheduled to fly from Munich to Boston (and back) tomorrow had their flights cancelled due to the Blizzard bearing down on the Northeast corridor of the US. What makes it worse was the fact that tomorrow’s flight from Munich was also the first flight of Lufthansa’s A350 to the USA.
Lufthansa’s A350 departing Munich
With Lufthansa cancelling all flights to and from Boston, New York, Newark, and Philadelphia due to the weather on March 14, the debut of the LH A350 in the USA will have to wait until Wednesday, March 15. Hopefully not too many ‘Avgeeks’ were lined up to be on this inaugural event!
A350 Roll-In Event Celebration
A few weeks ago, Lufthansa announced that Mumbai would be the 3rd destination to be served by the new A350s joining the fleet. They’ve further clarified the announcement to include the start date for the A350s service between Munich and Mumbai.
Beginning April 15, 2017 the A350 will take over for the A330 on the route. The flight numbers remain the same but the flight times have been updated to reflect the A350’s performance:
Flight LH764 will depart Munich at 11:40a and arrive in Mumbai at 11:05p.
Flight LH765 will depart Mumbai at 1:05a and arrive in Munich at 5:50a.
Previously, LH764 departed Munich at 11:35a and arrived in Mumbai at 11:55p, while LH765 departed at 1:25a and arrived in Munich at 5:50a.
Lufthansa is set to take delivery of their second A350 this Friday, February 24.
D-AIXB is set to arrive in Munich at 11:00a at which point it will be turned over to Lufthansa Technik who will install the Premium Economy cabin as well as take care of a few minor LH customizations.
D-AIXA takes to the skies from Munich
Once that work is complete, the aircraft will be available for more crew certification flights over the next 3 weeks before entering revenue service. According to LH’s schedule, that means that D-AIXB will fly to Boston on March 14.
This marks the second of Lufthansa’s initial 10 A350s that will be stationed in Munich. Ultimately 25 A350s will join the fleet and will be stationed between Frankfurt and Munich.
Plane Spotting the A350
Lufthansa Unveils a New Economy Cabin With The A350
Lufthansa announces A350 Launch Date To Boston
Beginning sometime during the second quarter this year, Lufthansa will begin using their A350s on flights between Munich and Mumbai. Currently the route is flown by an Airbus A330.
Flight information remains the same. Flight 764 will depart Munich at 11:35a, arriving in Mumbai at 11:55p. Flight 765 will depart Mumbai at 1:25a, arriving in Munich at 5:50a.
Look for more destinations to be announced soon. Lufthansa likes to rotate new aircraft to a variety of new destinations, plus more A350s will be joining the fleet allowing LH to expand their reach. I expect a few East Coast USA destinations to be next in line to see the A350.
Once LH announces the exact date for Mumbai, I’ll pass that info along.